Pole Position for Thomas Preining at Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at Spa
BWT Lechner Racing driver Thomas Preining continued in impressive form during qualifying for the seventh race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at Spa-Francorchamps. The 20-year old Austrian claimed pole position with an ever so astonishing lead of more than four tenth of a second ahead of Julien Andlauer from France. Preining had been leading already after the first outing, but then improved his previous laptime for about half as second with his second set of tyres. “It was a great lap at the very end of the session and it felt great to do it here on this difficult track, which gives you a very special feeling. So now I hope I have a good start into the race tomorrow and can add another victory to my recent successes.”
His BWT Lechner Racing teammate, championship leader Michael Ammermüller, was not so happy as he had to be content with P7 in the end: “It was really, really close to P2, less than two tenth missing, and I think I did not manage to put the ideal lap together. But at this track it is not impossible to overtake in the race, so I hope I can still get a bit further to the top.”
Dylan Pereira from Luxembourg was not too unhappy with grid position six on what he called his home race: “The last lap I did was quite good – and from there I think I will be able to fight for a podium at least tomorrow. It would be a nice present for all my friends and guests I have invited to this race.” His MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing teammate Josh Webster in P10 completed a nice team result for Lechner Racing with four cars within the Top Ten.
Al Faisal Al Zubair of Lechner Racing Middle East finished in P12, not a bad result at all for the young driver from Oman on this challenging track. His teammates, guest driver Charlie Frijns, a regular in the Porsche GT3 Challenge Middle East, ProAm title contender Roar Lindland and Khalid Al Wahaibi ended up in P22, 24 and 25 respectively.
“The performance Thomas Preining is showing over the last weeks is really impressive”, team principal Walter Lechner was adamant. “Michael´s main rival in the fight for the title is Yelloly, so his aim in the must be to get close to him immediately with a good start and then hopefully be able to pass him to extend his lead in the championship a little bit again...”